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Among people everywhere there is increasing concern about the quality and safety of our food as well as concern about harm to the environment from ill-conceived agricultural activity. Tilth's mission is to promote environmentally sound and sustainable agriculture. We are devoted to learning about and promoting ways in which to raise food, ornamentals, other farm crops and farm animals without damage to the environment. Our group, South Whidbey Tilth, is part of the Washington Tilth Association, which is composed of several regional chapters.

In The News ...

Farmers' Market Opens April 30

2016 May Pole

Join us every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the South Whidbey Tilth Farmers' Market. Find fresh, local produce, flowers and plants by farmers’ and gardeners. Visitors can expect unique gifts by local artisans as well. Hot breakfast and lunch items prepared by Chef Edward Hueneke may be purchased from the kitchen to enjoy on picnic tables or to take home; plus organic coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cold beverages to accompany baked goods.


The annual May Pole Dance begins at 11:30 April 30. Dance to Island Strings music which also plays Earth songs during the rest of the afternoon.


Also on April 30 purchase baked goods to support the Earth Guardians of Whidbey Island, a local youth crew, who will be holding a bake sale during the market. It is a benefit for Plant for the Planet, a youth inspired organization that plants fine wood and keystone species trees around the world to store carbon and mitigate the effects of climate change, while providing jobs in local communities to care for and manage the trees. Its goal is one trillion trees, restoring numbers to levels pre-industrial revolution.


Council of Trustees Next Meeting Is May 18

The council welcomes Ida Gianopulos to the council. She will replace Pete Little and chair the land stewardship committee. Pete will remain involved but is not able to attend regular meetings. Ida is particularly interested in working with the community gardeners.

At the January 29 Annual Membership meeting three trustees were elected to fill the four open positions on the Council of Trustees. Edward Hueneke, Position 3 will continue to serve as finance officer and treasurer. Andréa Linton, Position 5, will serve as membership, community relations and development chair. Angie Hart, Position 7, will serve as education chair. Position 8 is unfilled. The office of secretary is still open. Please consider joining the council who serve as the governing board. These trustees join four others in the second year of their term: President (Susan) Prescott, vice president FRed Rouge, market committee chair Judy Kaplan and land stewardship chair Pete Little. Many thanks to outgoing countil members Dorcas Young and Michael Seraphinoff.

Join us at our next business meeting on Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church's Annex on the highway, in the "Nursery". All are welcome to participate and ask questions, contact the President for more information or leave a message at 360-321-0757.

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Only $160 More Funds Needed for Infrastructure

Help us keep the plant propagation and salvage facility infrastructure. We've raised $740 and the South Whidbey Garden Club is helping with $300. See the Garden page.

Vounteer hours

South Whidbey Tilth depends on its volunteers. Please download a volunteer form as a pdf file. Keep track of your time all year. Mail to South Whidbey Tilth or email to the Treasurer.

Our Organization

Enjoy the Sustainability Campus

The South Whidbey Tilth 11-acre Sustainability Campus provides a unique, leisurely ambience and focus for learning. The campus is open for walking, and you can view our ongoing projects: demonstration field crops, community garden and orchard, forest trail and understory recovery project, native plant salvage beds operated by Native Plant Stewards, the highway vegetation management model, and bluebird nesting boxes established by Coupeville fifth-graders. Dog walkers, please usethe poop bags behind the restroom where the directional signs are. Use the trash can there.


Volunteer Opportunities

South Whidbey Tilth has opportunities for you to help with classes, farmers' market, community gardens, facilities maintenance and improvements and forest restoration projects.


Tilth History

On August 27, 1977, more than 70 people gathered at Pragtree Farm near Arlington, WA, to develop strategies for the sustainable agriculture movement in the Pacific Northwest. Known as the "Regional Planning Meeting," the gathering established the framework for the Tilth Association.


Recently the Berry Center in Kentucky posted a video of Wendell Berry's July 1, 1974 speech in Spokane. Wendell's insights are as powerful today as they were forty years ago. The full transcript of his speech is available on the Tilth Producers website.


The meeting at Pragtree Farm laid the foundation for organizing local Tilth chapters. The next spring the first chapters were formed in Seattle and in Southwest Washington, followed by Willamette Valley Tilth and Rogue Tilth in Oregon. By the summer of 1982 there were 15 Tilth chapters in California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, with an estimated combined membership of 2,000.  At the Regional Planning Meeting three years later Anthony Judge's ideas were incorporated into Tilth's strategy of organizing autonomous local chapters empowered to respond to the needs of their communities. Over the past three decades the Tilth movement has ebbed and flowed, with the central organization dissolving into statewide organizations in Oregon and Washington, and local chapters forming and fading away. Because of its decentralized, ecological strategy, however, Tilth has continued to adapt, survive, and thrive. Today Tilth is experiencing a resurgence parallel to the growth of the organic food and farming nationwide. The complete story by one of the founders, Mark Musick is on the Washington Tilth website select History.


All the Tilth organizations celebrated the 40th anniversary at the Tilth Producers Conference in November 2014. Mary Berry, Wendell’s daughter, was a keynote speaker.


See our chapters at:

Oregon Tilth www.tilth.org

Tilth Alliance www.seattletilth.org

Sno-Valley Tilth www.snovalleytilth.org

Vashon Island Growers Association www.vigavashon.org


Online newsletters

The current newsletter issue is 2017 South Whidbey Tilth Late Winter News


About Us and What We Are Doing of Late
Increased Growler Flights Impact Central Whidbey Farming
What Is Tilth?
Council of Trustees

Good Compost Requires Persistence
Market Reconstruction March 18 at 10 a.m.
Market Season Volunteers
Pruning Workshop
Seed-sowing Class
Membership form



Follow links to issues from past years:

June-July 2015 Newsletter

April-May 2015

February/March 2015

December 2014/January 2015

October/November 2014

August/September 2014

June/July 2014

April/May 2014

February/March 2014

December/January 2013/14

October/November 2013

August/September 2013

Spring/Summer 2013

March/April 2013

January/February 2013

November/December 2012

September/October 2012

July/August 2012

May/June 2012

March/April 2012